Virat Kohli has ruled 2017 by all means. He ended the year having scored 2818 runs this year across all formats. The numbers speak for the fact that Kohli has had a fabulous 2017 and has ended the year having reached extra ordinary heights.
2017 has been an year of staggering batting averages, mounting milestones, redefining cricket and breaking records. His game and fame have touched new skies in 2017 and the cricket fraternity is awe of the Indian captain.
Sangakkara Makes A Big Statement on Kohli
It was only recent that Kevin Pieterson called Kohli the greatest batsman of his era. Now Kumara Sangakkara, the legendary former wicket keeper batsman has made a big statement about Virat Consistent Kohli. Sangakkara in a Tweet described Kohli as being a batman of a different class.
Most runs in calendar year belong to Sangakkara
The record for most runs in a calendar year belongs to Kumara Sangakkara. He piled up a hefty tally of 2868 runs in 2014 which is the highest ever. Kohli fell short of 50 runs from breaking the record and he would have surely left Sangakkara behind had he not asked for rest from the ODI series and T20 series against Sri Lanka.
Sangakkara has scored 12400 runs in 134 Test matches and is fifth on the list of all time scorers. He had scored 28,016 runs in his entire career and hence such a compliment coming Kohli’s way from someone as great as Sangakkara is a big thing.
Virat Kohli led India to a 1-0 win in the 3 Match Test series. This was India’s 9th straight Test series win under Kohli which again is a record in itself. Virat Kohli has made records a habit be it as a batsman then or as a captain.
Cricket fans and journalists have always compared players of previous generations with the current cricketers.
A journalist took to Twitter and wrote:
Kumar Sangakkara’s 2868 runs in 2014 will remain as the highest tally ever recorded in a calendar year as Virat Kohli ends year 2017 with 2818 runs #Cricket
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) December 5, 2017
To which Sangakkara replied, and denied Kohli would break the record in the coming years, he wrote:
I don’t think that will last long the way @imVkohli is batting. He will probably overtake it next year and then do it again the year after. He is a different class.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) December 6, 2017